Swedish Iranians

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Swedish Iranians
ایرانیان سوئد
Total population


1.7% of the Swedish population (2012)[2])
Regions with significant populations
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Uppsala.
Swedish, Persian, Kurdish, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Luri (See languages of Iran)
Shi'a Islam, Non-religious, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Judaism

Swedish Iranians consist of people of Iranian nationality who have settled in Sweden, as well as Swedish residents and citizens of Iranian heritage.

There are approximately 63,828 people born in Iran living in Sweden today, as well as 28,600 people born in Sweden with at least one parent born in Iran. They are one of Sweden’s largest minorities, accounting for nearly one percent of the population.

The very first wave of Iranian refugees consisted of of 5,000 Iranian refugees who fled to Sweden in 1979-1980 most of them were middle-aged, middle-class socialists who were opposing the revolution . When the Iran-Iraq War broke out in 1980, almost 20,000 Iranian citizens found asylum in Sweden. Many of them ended up living on welfare, despite many having middle-class backgrounds.[citation needed]. Second generation Iranian Swedes are over-represented in higher education and in some well paying professions like dentistry and engineering.

About 60% percent of them go on to higher education – more than the Swedish average (45 percent)[3] Middle East and Iranian culture – with its emphasis on education – may be part of the reason for this. Becoming an engineer or a doctor is a mantra in many families. Abundantly represented minorities amongst the Swedish Iranians, like in other Iranian diaspora nations are Azerbaijanis, Kurds, Armenians and Assyrians.

Notable Iranians in Sweden[edit]

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